2006-09-14 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Where else can you bid on a pickup truck of

manure at an island function?

You can Saturday at the 11th Hey Day sponsored by the Conanicut Island Land Trust. The biennial celebration of open space in Jamestown will take place at the Dutra Farm on Weeden Lane from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday is the rain date.

And if all the people wearing wacky headgear make you think you might be in the wrong place, they're just participating in the Crazy Hat Contest. You can too!

Silent auction host John Biddle is looking out for the garden purists. Also up for bid is a pickup truck of not only manure, but well-rotted manure, and a pickup truck of rich, dark topsoil.

Need some shade on your property? An exotic coral-bark Japanese maple and a dawn redwood, both professionally planted, can be yours.

Other auction items include an evening with the Amari Quartet, four rounds of golf at the Jamestown Golf Course, photography, two pairs each of adult and children's KEEN shoes, island jewelry, a two-month membership in the Jamestown Fitness Center, a harbor cruise on board the Louise with cheese, wine and crackers, an original handbag, baskets of New Zealand wines, California wines, mixed champagnes, and Australian wines, plus numerous gift certificates for local businesses.

Bring along donations of small toys that can be given out as prizes for children's games.

There'll be hayrides, intriguing nature walks, and you can refuel your energy with food while listening to the foot-stomping music of Emily Anthony's much loved Jamestown Fiddlers. The Jamestown Community Band, and the Jamestown Community Chorus will entertain with their superb sounds.

Exhibits will include respresentatives from the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, the Audubon Society of R.I., Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, Jamestown Historical Society, Friends of the Conanicut Battery, Jamestown Conservation Commission, Jamestown tree committee, and the Rhode Island Grange.

The event is free and volunteers are welcome.

Questions? Call Arek Galle at 423-9890 or Carol Lynn Trocki, 423-2633.

HUG A CALF!

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Giving your plate scraps to Biff or Fluffy is not a good idea says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic in his Pet Tip of the Week.

"Many pets occasionally have upset stomachs or intestinal distress, i.e. vomiting or loose stools. Many times this is due to some dietary indiscretion like getting into the trash, finding a carcass outside, or getting table scraps that were too rich for their system. The best ways to avoid these problems are to keep your pet's diet consistent, avoid feeding them people food, keep them supervised while outdoors, and try to keep them from snacking on every smelly item they find outside.

"If your pet does develop intestinal issues, it is often best to withhold food for part of the day and then feed them a bland diet like boiled rice and boiled chicken or hamburger (not fried, not grilled, not sauted, but boiled). If your pet is vomiting frequently, has potentially ingested foreign material like toys or trash, is lethargic, or has another illness already, you should definitely contact your veterinarian as soon as possible to schedule a visit."

Thanks, doctor. Roadkill is for the birds.

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A reader told us the Indian burial ground behind the Jamestown School on Lawn Avenue is in terrible condition. "Disgraceful," she said.

Sounds like a good class project.

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Has anyone seen our osprey friends at the creek? Have they called it a summer?

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Congratulations to Kay and Bud Carr of Ocean Avenue. The couple will celebrate a golden wedding anniversary tomorrow. They were married in St. Mark.

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Russell Benjamin of Pemberton Avenue dropped off the following comments to "share with our community readers":

"How come tomatoes are so expensive at the store and they are grown close to home while bananas are so cheap and they have to travel halfway around the world to get here?"

"You know times have changed when you see Federal Express and DHL trucks making deliveries to the post office."

Thanks, Russell.

*** Back to "The Old Lamplighter." Charlie Masso says the only vocalist he can remember singing that song was Bing Crosby. He adds, however, that others had recorded it ,but none come to mind right right now.

Charlie did leave us with one of his famous "posers." When Frank Sinatra cut his LP (later on CD) "In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning," he was going through an unhappy period in his life. The cause of that unhappiness is the reason the album contains titles such as "I'll Be Around."

Why did Frank select those particular songs?

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Twelve members of Boy Scout Troop 1 will be helping out at the Hey Day Saturday. Adult leaders Harry Chase and Mike Perry will provide supervision.

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Islander and professional photographer Onne van der Wal is showing his world renowned photography in Booth 19 at the Newport Boat Show now underway through Sunday.

He also plans to be at the Annapolis Boat Show next month.

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How the island is changing.

Sunday mornings at the dump were always joyous times of exchanging greetings with friends and strangers alike.

Now they're all strangers, and if you say "good morning" to them, they look at you like you have two heads.

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As if we haven't had enough of product solicitation by phone, now it's automated political calls. Don't the pols realize how annoying it is?

It's going to be a long two months.

*** Be true!

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Call in your stuff for this column to 423-0383 or 829-2760. You can e-mail us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com, or drop your items off at the Jamestown Press office.

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